Thursday, November 4, 2010

Blogmania 2011 Dream Team Holiday Open House Day 4: Best Christmas Movies List

Welcome to Day 4 of the Blogmania Holiday Open House!!!!


One of my favorite things to do at Christmas is watch as many Holiday movies as I can! There are so many to choose from, either in my own personal DVD collection or on TV.


In today's post I am going to give you a list of my favorite Christmas/Holiday movies! So without further delay, here is the list:


1. The Sound Of Music - Far none, my favorite movie. Not a holiday/Christmas movie specifically, it is aired a lot during this season.




2. The Santa Clause Series (but especially the first one) Tim Allen has slowly become one of the faces of Christmas with this movie, its sequels, and his recent hit, Christmas with the Kranks.  This family favorite features Allen as a divorced father who has been selected to take over for Santa, whether he likes it or not.




3. Miracle on 34th Street (the original by far, but the newer version is good too). In this sweet 1947 movie, a Macy's executive tries to find a new store Santa. She hires an old man named Kris Kringle who claims to be the one-and-only Santa Claus. Of course, such claims can get you into trouble and Kris ends up being hospitalized for some kind of delusional disorder. Hope comes in the form of a young man who wants to help Kris prove that he is really and truly Santa.




4. Home Alone - Always guaranteed to get some laughs when you watch this classic family movie.




5. Holiday Inn - an oldie but a goodie!




6. White Christmas - Absolutely one of my favorites!  After leaving the Army after WWII, Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen), who also have a song-and-dance act. When the girls travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find that their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner.  A great movie for the whole family!




7. Prancer - A great family movie! A story about believing, Prancer follows Jessica, who grew up without a mother.  When she happens upon a wounded reindeer whom she believes is Santa’s own Prancer, the magic of Christmas saves their little family.




8. It's A Wonderful Life - Every Christmas without fail, this is watched in our home. A man about to commit suicide during the holidays because he's financially ruined is stopped by an angel who shows him what life would be like if he'd never existed. It's a charming movie — part romance, part pathos, and a celebration of life




9. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - It tells the story of Rudolph, a reindeer with a nose that lights up. He's looking for a place where he belongs.Special guest appearances by the Abominable Snowman and the misfit toys make this movie extra-special.






10. Frosty The Snowman - fantastic classic movie for the whole family! Putting the magic of the famous song on screen, this animated feature follows Frosty and young Karen as they try to escape an evil magician who wants to melt Frosty and steal back the magic hat that brought Frosty to life




11. A Charlie Brown Christmas - again a classic, with a great message. In this half-hour Christmas special, Charlie Brown becomes the director of the school holiday pageant and goes out with Linus to buy an aluminum tree for the show.Instead, they bring back a forlorn real tree. Our hapless hero finds himself dismayed by the rampant commercialization of the holidays and searches for the true meaning of Christmas.




12. The Nativity Story - a wonderful way to experience the real reason for the season. It was the cruelest of times. Under Herod's torturous reign, families struggled to survive and yet, in the midst of utter turmoil, a young woman's faith is put to the test. Join Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Joseph (Oscar Isaac) on an incredible journey of hope and discovery.




13. Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas A Christmas themed, three-part anthology-style video. The first part, "Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas", is essentially a retelling of Groundhog Day (1993), with Huey, Dewey, and Louie reliving Christmas ad infinitum. Next is "A Very Goofy Christmas", in which Goofy tries to overcome his son's skepticism about Santa Claus. Finally, "Mickey & Minnie's Gift Of The Magi" recreate the classic tale of ironic Christmas selflessness. The stories are linked together by narration by Kelsey Grammer.




14. Veggies Tales The Toy That Saved Christmas Appearing in his own TV commercials, unscrupulous toy maker, Wally P. Nezzer has convinced all of Dinkletown that "Christmas is when you get stuff!" With the town's children begging for more toys, it's sure to be the worst Christmas ever - until one brave little Buzz-Saw Louie doll decides to take matters into his own hands! The Toy That Saved Christmas reminds children of all ages the "Christmas isn't about getting; it's about giving. 




15. Veggies Tales The Star Of Christmas Cavis Appythart and Millward Phelps (Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber) are putting the finishing touches on their first Christmas Spectacular musical - "The Princess and the Plumber." With stage great Effie Pickering in the lead role and more electric lights than 1880's London could ever hope to illuminate, Cavis is sure his show will "teach London how to love!" But when word gets out that little Edmund Gilbert's (Junior Asparagus) Christmas pageant, featuring the unveiling of a beloved and priceless artifact, is scheduled for the same night, will out two playwrights turn to desperate measures? Find out as the artists at Big Idea take you on an exciting holiday adventure all the way to a new understanding of the one Christmas story that really can teach us to love each other 




16. Veggies Tales It's A Meaningful Life (take off of Its A Wonderful Life) This is brand new, released in October 2010. What if you had the chance to change everything you thought was not as you hoped in life? That's just what is offered to Stewart (Larry) when he's at his lowest point. He could have been the football hero, the TV star, the investment king, and the perfect dad and husband. Faced with losing his father s toy factory to a greedy business mogul, Stewart discovers a ticket for a one-night-only special train ride with a mysterious conductor to visit his past, present and future. Where will the train stop - and where will he step off in search of a meaningful life?






17. A Christmas Carol (1951) Based on a story by Charles Dickens about an old miser named Scrooge who learns compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve, this makes a great holiday movie because it's thrilling and it has a nice message.






18. The Grinch That Stole Christmas - both versions are great, but I prefer the original. In it, the Grinch (a non-human Scrooge) tries to ruin Christmas for the Whos in Whoville by stealing their presents, trees, and holiday treats. Of course, the Grinch has a change of heart and finds love and friendship with the Whos.




19. Little Women - though not a specific holiday movie, it is usually on TV during Christmas. This 1994 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved children's book tells the story of the five March daughters and their mother — how they live and keep their family strong during the Civil War. This movie is a celebration of family and creativity It's also about growing up and leaving childhood behind. There are some very nice scenes that take place during the holidays and have a message about generosity.




20. Anne Of Green Gables - again not specifically a Christmas movie, it is aired this time of year, and is one of my favorites. This gorgeous adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic children's story is well worth watching with the whole family




21. The Polar Express In this family film about believing, Tom Hanks directed and voiced many of the characters in this excellent take on the classic children’s novel.  A little boy who doesn’t believe in Santa rides the magical Polar Express to the North Pole to find out the truth.






22. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - Classic and hilarious. Not necessarily for young children, but it is a pretty funny movie



23.  The Chronicles Of Narnia (the new movies) - Introduce your family to these wonderful movies, and start a great new Christmas movie tradition. Again, not specifically Christmas, but have seen on many Christmas movie lists.


24. The Best Christmas Pageant EverThis rare gem has never been one of the most popular movies of the Christmas season but impressive nonetheless.  When the town “bad kids” the Herdman family take over the church Christmas pageant, everyone learns a lesson in what love really looks like.


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